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Agenda for SECC Board mtg on 5/10/12 at 6:00 p.m. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Annie Nugent   
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:56
SCOTT EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION CENTER (SECC) BOARD
Board Room, 1st Floor, Scott County Administrative Center,
600 West Fourth Street, Davenport, Iowa
May 10, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.

Roll Call: Gallagher, Gluba, Lehman, O’Boyle, Sunderbruch
Ex officio members: Bruemmer, Frederiksen, Malin, and Ploehn

  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Approval of Minutes
  3. Approval to purchase from Nelson Systems Inc an upgrade/installation package for the Back Up 911 Recording System in the amount of $12, 697.00. (Brian)
  4. Approval to purchase from Racom Communications an upgrade/installation package for the Back Up 911 Radio System in the amount of $50,886.51. (Brian)
  5. Approval to purchase from CenturyLink an upgrade/installation package for the Back Up 911 Phone System in the amount of $98,671.68. (Brian)
  6. Director’s report
  7. Presentation by New World Systems
  8. Next meeting date – May 31, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.
  9. Adjourn

 
Loebsack Introduces Legislation to Connect the Classroom to the Community Through Volunteerism PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:46

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack today introduced legislation that will help students apply the knowledge and skills gained in the classroom to real world experiences by incorporating volunteerism and civic engagement in curriculum.  The Engaging Students Through Service-Learning Act aims to connect the classroom to the community by establishing a national center to expand opportunities for students to incorporate skills that are critical to success in the 21st century economy, such as critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration, with activities outside the classroom. The bill would also help teachers to provide students with this hands-on education.

 

“Iowans have a strong sense of community and have seen firsthand the difference dedicated volunteers can make.  The earlier we can start incorporating volunteerism and civic engagement in school settings, the more likely it is that students will continue to participate in their communities in meaningful ways throughout their adult lives. What’s more, students who participate in this type of hands-on education can boost their academic engagement and performance, which will help them secure good jobs and contribute to Iowa’s economy,” said Congressman Dave Loebsack.

 

“We must make our schools better. We simply can’t keep organizing our classrooms and using the same teaching approaches that have been used for decades if we want to improve outcomes that result in students who are truly college and career ready and internationally competitive,” said Teri Dary, Co-Chair National Coalition for Academic Service-Learning.

 

A list of groups and individuals supporting the bill can be found here.

 

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FARM BUREAU SUPPORTS PROPERTY TAX GROWTH LIMITATIONS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Laurie Johns   
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 11:33

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – May 4, 2012 – The Iowa Farm Bureau, Iowa’s largest grassroots farm organization with over 153,000 family members, applauds House Study Bill 676, which improves the property tax picture for all Iowans, whether they are businesses owners, homeowners, or farmers.

“House Study Bill 676, in today’s economy, would reduce business taxes, which would be good for jobs and good for Main Street,” says Don Petersen, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) Director of Government Relations.  “This measure would also tie the rate of government growth to Iowans’ ability to pay, so it’s more practical than other proposed tax reform measures.  Clearly, the Devil is in the details on these property tax proposals.  We support House Study Bill 676 because there is more solid protection for all.”

This bill not only offers tax credits to business owners, but relief to homeowners and farmers, too.

These growth limitations will help align local government growth with the local economy, and slow the rate of property tax increases for all taxpayers.

Over the past decade, property taxes have continued to outpace economic growth and family wages.  Property taxes have increased by 75 percent, over $2 billion, since 2000.  IFBF believes lawmakers must consider measures which limit the growth of property taxes on all Iowans.

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About Iowa Farm Bureau

The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation is a grassroots, statewide organization dedicated to enhancing the People, Progress and Pride of Iowa.  More than 153,000 families in Iowa are Farm Bureau members, working together to achieve farm and rural prosperity.  For more information about Farm Bureau and agriculture, visit the online Newsroom page at www.iowafarmbureau.com.

 
Wrongdoing on the Taxpayers’ Dime PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Tuesday, 08 May 2012 13:53

by U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley

 

The taxpaying public’s confidence in the federal government suffered more setbacks recently with two scandals:  excessive spending by the General Services Administration and allegations of misconduct within the Secret Service.  The actions by employees in these agencies have led to internal and congressional investigations that call into question the culture of the bureaucratic hierarchy.

 

Americans may not be as familiar with the GSA, which was established in 1949 to streamline the administration of the federal government, from purchasing paper clips to managing leases for office space.  In effect, it is an agency that is supposed to help other agencies operate efficiently and should therefore be a model of fiscal rectitude.  The GSA’s lower-profile, behind-the-scenes work was elevated to a higher-profile public square when its $822,000 “retreat” in Las Vegas made the GSA the most recent example of excessive, wasteful spending by the federal government.

 

Showing blatant disregard for taxpayers who would foot the bill for its over-the-top conference in 2010, the GSA pulled out all the stops with lavish entertainment (including clowns and a psychic), gifts and luxurious accommodations knowing full well the taxpayers were picking up the tab.  Somehow I don’t think the GSA needs to re-hire the mind-reader to figure out how taxpayers feel about paying for 300 federal employees to viva Las Vegas on their dime.

 

Yet another shoe dropped amid reports of alleged delinquency by federal agents on assignment in Colombia.  This time the scandal affected a federal agency that until now has enjoyed longstanding repute with the American public for its code of professional conduct.  The Secret Service has earned a prestigious reputation for its protective services to American presidents beginning after President McKinley’s assassination in 1901.

 

Now the esteemed law enforcement agency, whose no-nonsense, clean-cut agents are renowned for wearing tinted sunglasses and corralling rope-lines at presidential events, is suffering a black eye from alleged carousing by a dozen agents soliciting prostitutes while on assignment in Colombia.  By any measure, Secret Service agents who would hire foreign female escorts for nighttime entertainment while on assignment exhibit the judgment skills of a class of nitwits.  The security risks associated with U.S. agents’ allowing strangers into their hotel room in a foreign country are obvious.  Let’s hope the President is correct when he claimed it was a few knuckleheads exercising poor judgment.

 

If the Secret Service incident is not isolated and instead exposes a broader culture within military, law enforcement and security forces that says this type of behavior is okay, that is a big problem.

 

That’s why I’m asking more questions.  I’m glad the Secret Service acted swiftly to fire agents, revoke security clearances by those involved, and issue new rules explicitly prohibiting agents from hosting foreign nationals in their hotel rooms when traveling overseas.  The Homeland Security Department’s Inspector General will be independently reviewing the Secret Service’s internal inquiry.  An independent and transparent review will help restore credibility to the Secret Service.  As Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I take seriously my constitutional oversight responsibilities.  It would be negligent to sweep this incident under the rug and forget about it. Getting the facts on the table will help determine whether there is a broader cultural problem that needs fixing.

 

A Washington culture of overspending, mismanagement and layers of ineffective leadership within the vast federal government begs for enforceable accountability and transparency.

 

Taxpayers are reminded over and over again about the $15.6 trillion national debt and unrestrained spending that racks up deficits year after year.  Looming shortfalls in the nation’s entitlement programs demand more effective stewardship of tax dollars.  And when scandals such as clowns in Vegas and prostitutes in Cartagena keep cropping up, the people’s trust is further violated.

 

From many years of oversight work, I’d say Washington’s modus operandi is that it’s easier to go along to get along.  As an advocate on Capitol Hill for whistleblowers and watchdogs, I work for sunshine laws and reforms that will keep public the people’s business and strengthen our system of checks and balances.  My oversight isn’t based on the political party of the President.  Over the years, I have been an equal opportunity watchdog.  Leaving no stone unturned is the surest way to root out wrongdoing and hold the government accountable to the people it serves.

 

May 4, 2012

 
TENTATIVE AGENDA SCOTT COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Chris Berge   
Thursday, 03 May 2012 14:26
May 7 - 11, 2012

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Committee of the Whole - 8:00 am
Board Room, 1st Floor, Administrative Center

1. Roll Call: Earnhardt, Hancock, Minard, Sunderbruch, Cusack

Facilities & Economic Development

2. Approval of transfer of County tax deed properties to the Cities of Bettendorf and
Davenport, Habitat of Humanity, Neighborhood Housing Services and Gateway
Development Group. (Item 2)

3. Approval of setting June 5, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. as the time and date for a County tax
deed auction. (Item 3)

4. Approval of the purchase of an investigation vehicle replacement for the Sheriff's
Office. (Item 4)

Human Resources

5. Approval of hiring David Farmer for the position of Budget Manager at midpoint of
salary. (Item 5)

6. Approval of classification adjustment in the Recorder's Office. (Item 6)

7. Discussion of request to overfill the maintenance coordinator position in the FSS
Department. (Item 7)

8. Approval of Collective Bargaining Agreement between Scott County and Teamsters
Local 238. (Item 8)

9. Approval of personnel actions. (Item 9)

Finance & Intergovernmental

10. Approval of purchase of an upgrade to the AVL (automatic vehicle locator) system in
the Sheriff's Office. (Item 10)

11. Approval of budget amendment to the FY12 County Budget. (Item 11)

12. Discussion of quarterly financial summary report. (Item 12)

13. Approval of quarterly financial reports from various county offices. (Item 13)

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14. Approval of Davenport Country Club cigarette licenses and permits.

15. Approval of appointment to committees, boards and commissions. (Item 15

Airport Zoning Commission - Carol Earnhardt

Other Items of Interest

16. Consideration of appointments with upcoming term expirations for boards and
commissions. (3 month notice)

- Public Safety Authority (term expires 06/30/12)
Carolyn Scheibe
- Library Board (terms expire 06/3/12)
Joe Ragona, Robert Petersen and Jenni Criswell
- Benefited Fire District #6/Walcott (term expires 06/30/12)
Angie Ehlers
-Benefited Fire District #5/Muscatine County Appointment (term expires 07/19/12)
Julie Hoffmann

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Special Committee of the Whole - 12:00 pm
Main Center, Central Park Avenue

1. Roll Call: Minard, Sunderbruch, Cusack, Earnhardt, Hancock

2. Discussion with the Vera French Community Mental Health Center.

3. Other items of interest.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Public Hearing - 5:30 pm
FY12 Budget Admendment

Regular Board Meeting - 5:30 pm
Board Room, 1st Floor, Administrative Center

 
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